Idiom #1

My Toe Is Killing Me!

Doctor: Sorry you waited so long, Paul; I’ve been tied up all afternoon.What seems to be the problem this time?

Paul: Doc,my toe’s killing me. I think it’s broken.

Doctor: Hmm. . . Let’s have a look.Oh, yeah, that’s a beauty. You really did a number on that toe.How’d it happen?

Paul: I was helpingmy brothermove. I dropped a desk on my foot.

Doctor: Well, that’s a surefire way to break some bones. Paul, didn’t I see you last year for some sprained fingers?

Paul: Yeah . . . I was trying to fix the toilet and got my hand stuck. I yanked it out, and hurt myself. I’mstill trying to
live that one down.

Doctor: Well,Mr. Fix-it, you’ve really outdone yourself this time. You won’t be walking with this foot for eight weeks.

Paul: That’s impossible! I have a camping trip scheduled for six weeks from now. Can’t it be healed by then?

Doctor: That’s a tall order, Paul . . . But I suppose it’s not out of the question.With a lot of rest now . . . and intensive
physical therapy, you just may be back in the saddle again in six weeks. But the therapy requires a lot of work, and time . . . and specifically, following the doctor’s orders . . . Can you handle that?

Paul: Piece of cake!

Doctor: But listen, even if you are walking by then, you’ve got to take it easy during the trip.No climbing trees or jumping across streams or anything. You really need to baby this leg for a while!

Paul: Sure thing.

Doctor: Well, Paul . . . let’s get you bandaged up.We’ll have you hobbling out of here in no time.Now . . . I want you to keep an eye on the swelling in the rest of the leg and foot. And get in touch with Dr. Phillips . . . She’s the physical therapist.

Paul: Okay,Doc. Should I drop by here another day?

Doctor: Yes.We’re going to want to follow up on this in about Two weeks.

Paul: I’ll schedule an appointment with the receptionist. Thanks. Bye,Doc.

Doctor: You’re welcome. And Paul, take it easy, would you?

Paul: Yes, I will. I promise.

1. To be tied up with something or someone. To be busy.
2. To be killing someone. To be very painful.
3. A beauty. A very good or vivid example of something; in this case, a really good example of a bad injury.
4. To do a number on something. To damage, destroy, or hurt something badly.
5. A surefire way to do something. A way that will definitely have a certain outcome or result.
6. To live something down. To be allowed to forget about an embarrassing situation. This is used in the negative—to never or not live something down. A common way you’ll hear this expression is the phrase “I’ll never live this down!”
7. To outdo yourself. To do something very well. To do better than you normally do. Note that this expression is often used in a sarcastic way.
8. A tall order. An unusually difficult request.
9. To be out of the question. To be impossible to accomplish.
10. To be back in the saddle. To return to your normal activities, especially after an illness or injury. To be back in control of your normal activities.
11. To handle something. To cope with ormanage a situation.
12. To be a piece of cake. To be very easy.
13. To take it easy. To do things slowly and carefully,without tiring yourself.
14. To baby someone or something. To treat very carefully
15. To keep an eye on. To watch carefully.
16. To get in touch with. To contact, to talk to someone.
17. To drop by. To visit someone.
18. To follow up on something. To address or check on a situation later

Taken from:
Hundreds of idiomatic expressions to give you an edge in English!
by Rachel Varra
Edited by Christopher Warnasch

English Idiom: Having a Ball


Having a Ball

Tina: I feel like having a ball. Let’s splurge.

Barbara: Forget it. I’m broke.

Tina: Don’t worry. I’ll pick up the tab. I’m loaded today. I’ll treat you.

Barbara: No, We’ll go Dutch. I don’t like to freeload.


have a ball v.) :                       enjoy one’s self, have a good time

splurge v.):                              spend a lot of money for something

broke adj.:                               l having no money

pick up the tab v.):                pay the bill

loaded adj.):                            having lots of money

treat v.):                                   pay for someone else

go Dutch v.):                           each pay for himself or herself

freeload v.):                             get things that others pay for

Exercise I. Complete the sentences  into the correct idiom.

a) pick up the tab    b) broke       c) Ioaded         d) splurge           e) treat           f) go Dutch        g) freeloads           h) have a ball

1. I don’t want pizza tonight. Let’s go to a fancy restaurant. Let’s…..

2. I have so much money today. I’m…..

3. You’re going to a party?………….

4. I don’t have any money. I’m……

5. You pay for your meal. I’ll pay for mine. We’ll…………..

6. This dinner was good. You don’t have to pay. I’ll…………

7. She always eats dinner with us, and never invites us to eat at her house. She always………..

Exercise II. Rewrite the phrases in italics, using the proper idiomatic expression.

1. They always get others to pay for them.

2. I want to pay for you.

3. We will each pay our own bill.

4.  Sometimes I spend a lot of money on clothes.

5. After payday, I always have a lot of money.

6. Who paid the check?

7. When I go to a party, I usually have a good time.

8. After I pay all my bills, I have no money.